Professor Syed Sibt-e-Jafar Zaidi embraced martyrdom on March 18, 2013. He was renowned soz and marsiah khwan, poet, writer, intellectual and educationist as well as lawyer.
A newspaper rightly identified him as a campaigner of sectarian harmony. His targeted murder occurred near the Government Degree College Liaquatabad where he was principal. The brutal murder had a resemblance with the targeted murder of his friend Allama Aftab Haider Jafri. The assassins of both of them hit them with maximum bullets they could do. Sibt-e-Jafarâ€™s students, educationists, teachers, intellectuals, writers and poets and politicians condemned his targeted murder, let alone the deeply shocked Shia Muslims. The great martyr Sibt-e-Jafar was a very simple man. He never behaved like affluent persons. He could have afforded cars but he preferred a motorbike for travelling between home and the college. He had thousands of admirers abroad who requested him time and again to settle abroad because of threats to his life. But, he was a bold and intrepid son of Imam Hussain (AS), he didnâ€™t leave his great nation alone. He profoundly adored his homeland and people. So, he never abandoned them. A police officer told reporters that they had talked to him for providing security after reports that the terrorists planned to assassinate him. But he replied: â€œGod is great. God is master of life. I donâ€™t need security.â€ He had got booked a grave in Wadi-e-Hussain (AS) graveyard in 2005 because he knew of his untimely death through martyrdom. He said on record that time of his martyrdom is near. He never feared. He was very much popular. So, news of his martyrdom spread like jungle fire. A number of his friends, relatives and students had gathered at the hospital with tearful eyes. Then, his students and admirers began reaching Imambargah Shohda-e-Karbala Sadat Colony Incholi where his body was moved. People largely attended the funeral. Namaz-e-janaza was held at Amroha Ground that was full of the mourners. His coffin was showered with rose petals. Incholi was reverberating with the slogans of Labbaik Ya Hussain (AS). The salam and marsia he had recited, was aired. With a nearly three-decade-long association with education, Prof Zaidi was also known for introducing a new style of soz and marsiah khwani. He formally trained youngsters for soz and marsiah khwani and used to organise regular training sessions in Rizvia Society and Soldier Bazaar. Apart from thousands of his college students, he had a number of pupils across Pakistan who got training in marsiah and soz khwani from him. For that particular reason, Professor Zaidi was called â€˜Ustadâ€™ (teacher) in close circles. Preacher of sectarian harmony, he was also recognised for compiling â€˜Bastaâ€™ â€” a collection of marsiah, salam, naat, manqabat and other genres of literature, particularly the works of Mir Anis and Mirza Salamat Ali Dabeer â€” more than 15 years ago. He founded an organization idara tarveej soz khwani to promote the culture of soz khwani, a particular type of reciting marsia. Renowned Shia leader and MWM secretary general Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri rightly termed his untimely death as murder of Urdu literature, particularly marsia. Professor Sibt-e-Jafar Zaidi provided oxygen to Urdu marsiah. Ustad Sibt-e-Jafar has left countless pupils who will continue his mission and thus he will live among us forever.